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First Principles: The Care of Human Life and Happiness and Not Their Destruction, Is the First and Only Legitimate Object of Good Government

“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” – Thomas Jefferson (1809)

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First Principles: Energy In the Executive Is A Leading Character In the Definition of Good Government

“Energy in the executive is a leading character in the definition of good government.” – Alexander Hamilton (1788)      

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First Principles: Energy In the Executive Is A Leading Character In the Definition of Good Government

“Energy in the executive is a leading character in the definition of good government.” – Alexander Hamilton (1788)      

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First Principles: There Is No Good Government But That Which is Republican

“There is no good government but what is republican. That the only valuable part of the British constitution is so; for the true idea of a republic is “an empire of laws, and not of men.” That, as a republic … Continue reading

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First Principles: Religion, Morality and Knowledge Are Necessary To Good Government and the Happiness of Mankind

“Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” – Mananasseh Cutler, in Article III of the Northwest Ordinance    

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First Principles: An Active Executive Is Essential To Good Government

“Energy in the executive is a leading character in the definition of good government. It is essential to the protection of the community against foreign attacks; it is not less essential to the steady administration of the laws; to the … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Sum of Government Is to Restrain Mankind From Harming Others and Otherwise Free

“A wise and frugal government … shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has … Continue reading

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